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GFQ 1-2013 12 NEWS SCREENPLAY AWARD CELEBRATES 15TH YEARS The Thomas Strittmatter Prize, endowed with €25,000, will be presented by MFG Baden-Württemberg for the 15th time in 2013 to an outstanding screenwriter. Prerequisite to receive the award is residence of the writer or the establishment of the storyline in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The award money is bound to the development of a new screenplay, congruent to the regulations of the MFG Film Fund. Even a nomination for the award bestows the nominees with prize money. A prominent jury reads the anonymous screenplays and all nominees are invited to Berlin for the awards ceremony which takes place during the Berlinale. The Secretary for the Arts Jürgen Walter, together with MFG’s managing director Gabriele Röthemeyer, will present the Thomas Strittmatter Prize at the permanent representational offices of the state of Baden- Württemberg in Berlin. A list of previous, successful winners – including FOUR MINUTES by Chris Kraus, 5 YEARS by Stefan Schaller or HABIB RHAPSODY by Michael Baumann – and further information can be found at: www.thomas-strittmatter- WIM WENDERS FOUNDATION IN DÜSSELDORF His works should belong to everyone, at least that’s how Wim Wenders sees it. And so for this reason, the Wim Wenders Foundation has been established in his hometown of Düssel- dorf. The foundation intends to reacquire the rights to all of the director’s films in order to make them available to the general public. The foundation was called to life by Wim Wenders and his wife Donata Wenders and is set out to make a valuable contribution to the cultural life in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). The foundation’s goal is, among other things, to support and promote innovative narrative art. To- gether with the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, a Wim Wenders Scholarship will be awarded in 2013. Financial support will be provided by the state of NRW, the city of Düsseldorf and the Cultural Foundation of Federal States as well as by private donators. The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW was instrumental in bringing all the partners together for the collaboration in this unique foundation. FIRST SHORT FILM DAY CELEBRATED IN GERMANY On 21 December 2012, the shortest day of the year, Germany successfully celebrated its first ever SHORT FILM DAY. Being an initiative of the French CNC, Le jour le plus court was already a tremendous success in France in 2011. In cooperation with the French-German TV broadcaster ARTE and with financial sup- port from the German Federal Film Board (FFA), the German Short Film Association was able to coordinate a similar event in Germany in 2012. In spite of the usual pre-Christmas rush and the Mayan predictions of the world’s demise on that day, 155 event organizers and cinemas in 70 towns and cities throughout Germany joined in this celebration of short film, screening short films not only on the silver screen but also at the most unusual places such as backyards, trams and kinder- gartens. The association hopes that over the coming years, many more European countries will join in this amazing event and the idea behind it. And which utopia could be more beautiful than having a SHORT FILM DAY as a shared event throughout Europe? More information is available at: GERMAN SHORTS: CLERMONT-FERRAND & BERLIN The German Short Film Association (AG Kurzfilm) and German Films have established a constant platform for German short films at the International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand. At the 35th edition of the festival, there were four German shorts competing for the Grand Prix: AUSGLEICH (Matthias Zuder), STOLZ DES OSTENS (Christoph Wermke) and the co- productions FATHER (Ivan Bogdanov, Veljko Popovic, Moritz Mayerhofer, Asparuh Petrov, Rositsa Raleva, Dmitry Yagodin) and LIVING STILL LIFE (Bertrand Mandico). Another two were selected for the Lab Competition: REALITY 2.0 (Victor Orozco) and SONNTAG 3 (Jochen Kuhn). Furthermore, the 8th edition of the “Soirée Allemande · Coup de cœur - Le court métrage allemande”, a French-German cooperation between the AG Kurzfilm, German Films, the Inter- national Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand, the Goethe- Institute Lyon as well as the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg celebrated its premiere at the festival. Afterwards, the program will be touring the Goethe-Institutes and festivals worldwide as a French, German and English subtitled DVD. From more than 450 German festival entries in Clermont-Ferrand, ten films from various genres were selected for the program: NOBODY’S FOOL (Alexandra Kardinar, Volker Schlecht), THE CONFE- RENCE: OR SHOOTING FOR THE MOON (Franz Winzentsen), RUNNER (Carolina Hellsgård), SNAIL TRAIL (Philipp Artus), FATHER (Ivan Bogdanov, Veljko Popovic, Moritz Mayerhofer, photo©BenjaminSchindler photo©MFGFilmförderungBaden-Württemberg S.12-13_NEWS_GFQ1_13_Layout 1 28.01.13 09:03 Seite 1